The ruling BJP will focus on the “development initiatives” of the Narendra Modi government as it moves towards the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
The political and agrarian resolutions of the party, adopted here on Sunday at a meeting of the national executive, suggest that the efforts will be to bust the campaign of the Opposition that the four-and-a-half year-long tenure of the Narendra Modi government favoured a group of corporate houses and that farmers, Dalits and minorities were kept away from the development process.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh presented the political resolution at the meeting. Talking to reporters, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said the focus of the resolution was internal security. “Bomb blasts are things of the past now. AFSPA has been revoked in many States. The situation in Kashmir improved,” Javadekar said quoting Singh’s speech at the two-day meeting.
Terming the criticisms against the Centre as baseless, Javadekar said the effort is to make a new India by 2022, which is free of casteism, terrorism and communalism.
Javadekar also claimed that the economic situation in the country had improved. He said India will be the fifth largest economy very soon and “revolutionary” measures such as the GST and demonetisation brought transparency and improved the financial status of both the Centre and the States.
In an apparent move to counter the peasant uprisings throughout the country, including those by the Sangh Parivar-affiliated farmers’ outfits, the BJP said farmers have been “immensely benefited” by the efforts of the present government by buying more and more under the Minimum Support Price Scheme. “While only 5 lakh tonnes of oilseeds were procured between 2010-11 and 2013-14, 23 lakh tonnes of oilseeds have been purchased between 2014-15 and July 2018, which is 360 per cent higher. Similarly, the purchase of pulses has increased by five times. The purchase of 16.71 lakh tonnes of pulses was done by NAFED and SFAC, which never happened during the UPA regime,” the agriculture resolution claimed.